Visiting Writers Series: Colin Barrett
March 29, 2018
UMass Amherst Campus
Colin Barrett's debut collection of short stories, Young Skins, was published in September 2013 by the independent Irish publisher Stinging Fly Press. It was subsequently picked up by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Black Cat Editions, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, in the US.
It received three major literary prizes in 2014, including The Guardian First Book Award, The Frank O'Connor International Short Story prize, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. It has so far been translated into 6 languages, with Japanese and Chinese editions forthcoming in 2018. In 2015 Colin was one of the selected honorees of the 5 under 35 National Book Awards in the US. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta Magazine, The New Statesman and other literary journals.